Everyone has that person (or people), the one who’s always in pain for one reason or another. Maybe they’re hard on their body, acting way younger than their age. Maybe they have joint pain, back pain, arthritis or they just seem to hurt all the time. No matter the reason, a few people surely come to mind.
The next question we often have is: why don’t you do something about it?
The reality is, many of us with chronic pain have tried near everything with little to no effect. Or we do what we can to take the edge off. In the case of opioids and other heavy hitters, the benefits may not be worth the risks for some people. Other options, like injections, can be even less palatable.
Fortunately for pain sufferers, advances in our understanding of how cannabinoids interact is creating new opportunities for finding effective, if temporary, pain relief with cannabis. One of the most significant changes is based around a theory called The Entourage Effect.
The Entourage Effect and Cannabis
The Entourage Effect is based on the understanding that various compounds in cannabis, namely terpenes and cannabinoids, have different effects on the brain and body. It pushes this idea further, asserting that those compounds/benefits can be grouped together (creating an “entourage”) to enhance or complement the effects of the other.
As an example, the terpene Myrcene, which reduces pain perception, can be paired with a cannabinoid like CBD, which is anti-inflammatory. It could be a great combination for pain relief.
The idea isn’t far-fetched by any means, nor is it new. Common OTC drugs like Excedrin rely on a few different medicines working together to enhance the outcome, like headache or migraine relief. So why not cannabis?
But the Entourage Effect goes beyond using cannabis to relieve pain and inflammation.
“Our ability to group together terpenes and their effects is changing how people can experience cannabis as medicine and recreation,” said Ashley Hubbard, Director of Cultivation at Rair Co.
She continued: “At Rair, our understanding of terpenes and the Entourage Effect is improving how we grow and make products. Imagine cannabis that combines specific, complementary therapeutic benefits – or creative benefits – that amplify each other. It’s taking cannabis to the next level.”
So, what will the Entourage Effect do for cannabis users as a whole— will it change how we use cannabis entirely or help make better medicines in the future?— no one knows yet.
What it can do for you, however, is help you make more informed decisions about the cannabis products you’re picking up, so you can have the experience you’re looking for.
If you have further questions about The Entourage Effect or are looking for suggestions on what strains or products would be best for your needs, don’t hesitate to ask one of our knowledgeable RAIR staff at any of our locations. They’re happy to help guide you through the differences in terpenes and effects to match you with the best fit.